New Google Earth View of Logging Site

Due to the great work by High Valley resident Francois Rouaix using Google Earth, we now have an amazing interactive map and flyover of the proposed logging area. This is something you must check out — it really hits home how extensive and destructive the clear cutting would be.

Jump to the Google Earth view page now!

View of Squak Mountain logging area from the Northwest (hovering over Cougar Mountain)

View of Squak Mountain logging area from the Northwest (hovering over Cougar Mountain)

Issaquah Reporter: “Plot thickens on Squak”

Mar 20, 2013, Issaquah Reporter: “Plot thickens on Squak”

Issaquah Reporter’s Linda Ball has a front-page story on the Squak Mountain logging permit application in Wednesday’s issue. The article features an interview with our own Cathy Brandt who stressed the importance of long-term planning instead of short-term gain.

Erickson Logging says it intends to refile the application for a logging permit.

The effort to Save Squak from clear cutting is not over.

Click here to read Linda Ball’s full article in the Issaquah Reporter.

King County Dept of Natural Resources & Parks Raises Issues With WA DNR On Logging Permit

The King County Water and Land Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks has sent a letter to the Washington Department of Natural Resources expressing its serious concerns about the Erickson Logging permit to clear cut portions of Squak Mountain.

King County called the proposed clear cut area exhibits slope instability and called it a sensitive area. The county asked for a complete geotechnical review and convening an interdisciplinary team with community representation.

Download King County Letter to Washington DNR

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King County Letter to DNR

Breaking News: Erickson Logging Withdraws Permit Application!

Erickson Logging has withdrawn its application with the Department of Natural Resources to clear cut Squak Mountain. This follows a citizen outcry, with hundreds of opposing comments flooding DNR, capped by the detailed letters from the Washington Forest Law Center and King County agencies filed earlier this week.

Withdrawal of the permit application does not mean Erickson Logging is prevented from refiling it, so victory here is not guaranteed.

Currently as a result  of our field inspections the landowner has agreed to withdraw the application or the Department will disapprove. Therefore we are not going to schedule an ID team at this point for FPA 2415960.

Bruce McDonald
Forest Practice District Manager
South Puget Sound Region

More details to follow as we learn more.

 

Washington Forest Law Center Represents Issaquah Alps Trails Club & Save Squak in Opposing Logging Permit

The Washington Forest Law Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal services to organizations that monitor and protect the Pacific Northwest’s private and state-owned forest lands, has stepped forward to represent the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and grassroots citizen group, Save Squak.

On Monday, March 11, 2013, the Washington Forest Law Center sent a letter to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources strongly opposing the proposed permit by Erickson Logging to clear cut portions of Squak Mountain at the headwaters of May Creek.

We have the letter and supporting exhibits here online. Both are available in PDF format and available for reading online here.

Download WFLC’s Letter to DNR

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WFLC Letter to DNR

WFLC Exhibits to DNR Letter

King County DDES Raises Concerns with State About Proposed Squak Mtn Logging

The King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review sent a letter on March 11, 2013, to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources expressing its concern about the environmental impact of the proposed logging of Squak Mountain.

DDES pointed out to DNR the historical flooding problems in May Creek and called for a thorough evaluation of the proposed logging project prior to granting the permit.

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Issaquah Reporter: “Company seeks permit to log Squak Mountain”

Mar 6, 2013, Linda Ball of The Issaquah Reporter writes about the logging permit application filed on Feb 26.

“The process is working as it should – the state forest practice board will review the application extensively with an inter-disciplinary team looking at all issues and the public will be able to have their input as well,” said county commissioner Reagan Dunn.

http://www.issaquahreporter.com/news/195747981.html

Seattle Times: “Clear-cut looms between Squak, Cougar mountains”

Mar 2, 2013, Seattle Times (Front Page): “Clear-cut looms between Squak, Cougar mountains”

“Park advocates and May Creek residents hope to prevent clear-cutting of nearly 200 acres between Squak Mountain and Cougar Mountain parks.”

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020467959_squakforestxml.html